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Director: Anton Corbijn
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20,000 Days on Earth
Running time: 97 mins
Director: Phillip Noyce
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Director: Woody Allen
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For how many years has Hollywood endured the Ya novel onslaught? Five? Ten? When was Twilight? It’s strange to think of The Giver as merely the latest in a string of adapted young adult fiction given that its source material, Lois Lowry’s 1993 bestseller, precedes the publication dates of Divergent, City of Bones, and the Twilight saga. Like most of its cinematic contemporaries, The Giver squeezes its story into an angsty, dull, and poorly acted template, sapping any chance of inspiration out of its low-key science fiction concept.
Having not read Lowry’s novel, I can only presume she uses her social structure — a utopian future in which emotions are outlawed — to latch “forbidden” teen angst and romance onto the awkward feelings puberty brings with it. On the verge of graduation, three teenagers join the adult ranks of The Community, envisioned here as a Levittown straight out of Starship Troopers, »
- David Klein
Neither Thwaites nor Rush had read Lowry’s novel prior to reading the script for the feature, but picked up copies soon thereafter. Though their characters – Jonas and Fiona – are four years younger in the book than the teens they were bringing to the big screen, they both found the read helpful in developing them.
“I think reading it helped me a lot with approaching this character,” Rush told uInterview. Thwaites added, “Once I read the book I kind of said to myself, 'Wow, this is a dream.' You know, it's a license almost to feel such an array of emotions. So it was a great challenge.”
I’ve covered a lot of young adult book-to-film adaptations over the years, and I’ve always made a point of assessing the film as a standalone entity when writing a formal review - but this is not a formal review. Initially, this piece was intended to be a rather straightforward book/film comparison, but considering Phillip Noyce’s The Giver bears almost no resemblance to Lois Lowry’s award-winning and beloved source material and suffers severely for it, all there is to discuss are differences and the problems they cause. Hit the jump to read about what the film version of The Giver did different – or rather, did wrong. [This article contains spoilers for both the book and the movie.] There’s No World Building In the book, we get almost nine full chapters of material before Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is selected to be the new Receiver of Memory. In the movie, it’s mere minutes. A personal favorite quality »
- Perri Nemiroff
Chicago – Two of the hottest young stars came to Chicago recently to promote their latest film, “The Giver.” Odeya Rush and Brenton Thwaites were at Chicago’s historic Navy Pier to greet fans and sign autographs. HollywoodChicago.com was there and got Exclusives Portraits of the dynamic co-stars.
The Australian born Brenton Thwaites was on a couple of popular TV shows there, but desired to expand into international cinema, and landed supporting roles in this year’s “Oculus” and “Maleficent.” Odeya Rush was born in Israel, but moved to the U.S. at nine years old. Her first big film was “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” (2012), and she followed that up with the independent film “We Are What We Are” (2013). She has a high profile role in the upcoming film adaptation of the ‘Goosebumps’ book series.
Photographer Joe Arce »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
There are few books from childhood that permanently shape the minds and hearts of the individuals who read it. When it was published twenty years ago, Lois Lowry.s The Giver inspired an entire generation of readers; the author-turned-grandmother still gets dozens of letters in the mail every day related to the book. With a black and white world that slowly turns into dazzling Technicolor and themes about what makes us human, it.s no wonder that a Giver movie was Jeff Bridges. pet project for over a decade or that heavy hitters, including Meryl Streep and Salt director Phillip Noyce signed on. It.s also easy to see why The Giver might be a tough sell to studios wanting to reach the largest audience possible. The Giver is a difficult story, one about an undemocratic state, but also about ethics and complex issues like eugenics and euthanization. Lowry.s »
Recollections of earlier times can often bring contentment in people’s lives, as they can think back to pleasurable relationships and joyful times with their friends and families. But memories can also bring about emotional pain and suffering that’s often difficult to overcome. The powerful debate over whether the manipulation of these agonizing memories can truly make a society more pleasant to live in is intriguingly explored in the new sci-fi drama, “The Giver,” which was directed by Phillip Noyce, and based on the acclaimed best-selling novel of the same name by Lois Lowry. ‘The Giver’ Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a community where harmony is created [ Read More ]
The post Interview: The Cast and Crew Talk The Giver appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Karen Benardello
The all new film The Giver, based on the young adult novel of the same name, hit theaters today. In celebration of the film Wamg sat down with Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan, Phillip Noyce, Lois Lowry, Robert B. Weide, Michael Mitnick and Nikki Silver along with other members of the press at the La press day. Check some of the highlights out below!
The haunting story of The Giver centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined »
- Melissa Howland
Directed by: Philip Noyce
Running Time: 1 hr 34 mins
Release Date: August 15, 2014
Plot: A young man (Thwaites) living in a black-and-white future is shown colors by a piano-playing sage named The Giver (Bridges).
Who’S It For? Like your dystopias young and broody? Sure you do.
The proverbial ship, its path pushed by the passage of time, filled with passengers fighting for a seat during such a voyage, has sailed. In terms of The Giver, the old wooden vessel in this brilliant metaphor is the tale of the young chosen one rebelling against a messed up future, as one may call it. Though its source novel was written long before the films like The Hunger Games, Divergent, or even The Lego Movie, The Giver remains in the young adult sci-fi dystopic shadows of »
- Nick Allen
Australian actor Brenton Thwaites stars as Jonah, the citizen of the community who is entrusted with becoming their next Receiver of Memory, which makes him the only one aside from The Giver (Jeff Bridges) who knows anything about the world pre-Sameness. Disregarding the rules outlined by the Chief Elder (Meryl Streep), Jonas endeavors to find a way to give back to the people – namely his crush Fiona (Odeya Rush) – a full life of emotions and color, and save a sickly baby named Gabe.
The Giver Reviews
The Giver is hitting theaters at a time when they’ve been crowded with young adult novel adaptations based in an unknown future with unfamiliar, authoritarian societies. For that reason, many critics found the Philip Noyce-directed The Giver adaptation dull. »
Hey, folks. Michael Cusumano here fresh from having Jeff Bridges impart the wonders of humanity directly into my brain.
It’s an amusing irony that Phillip Noyce’s film of Lois Lowry’s beloved middle-school staple The Giver feels like an afterthought following the recent glut of Young Adult adaptations. It was Lowry’s vision of dystopia which helped launch the army of teenage Chosen Ones currently clogging multiplexes nationwide. Now, not only is The Giver late to the party, but the richly imagined worlds of Lowry’s literary descendants have left her story feeling undercooked. I can’t imagine teenage audiences who have spent the past few years steeped in the sprawling, detailed insanity of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games books will be rapt with attention watching Jeff Bridges shambling around his library, triggering the occasional lame stock footage montage meant to portray humanity in all its myriad wonders.
- Michael C.
“The Giver” — based on the 1993 Lois Lowry young adult novel — hasn’t been well reviewed, but at least there’s a silver lining to this parable about a dystopian future society. It comes in the form (as most happy things do) of Taylor Swift, who appears in a brief cameo as the original chosen one meant to save mankind. And Taylor more than holds her own with a weepy performance opposite a cast of Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Katie Holmes. At “The Giver” premiere earlier this week, we gleaned as many Swift anecdotes as we could.
(1) Taylor Swift wore a brown wig in “The Giver” to erase her pop star image. “We just tried to make her distinctive and un-Taylor-like,” says the film’s director Phillip Noyce. “Being vulnerable comes very naturally to her, because she’s a conduit of emotions in her work. So she just has to go to the place, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Phillip Noyce’s “The Giver,” is thought-provoking sci-fi that stays true to the powerful themes of Lois Lowry’s best-selling young adult novel. Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is a young man living in a futuristic utopian society who is chosen to receive the community’s memories from The Giver (Jeff Bridges). But as he slowly learns about the society’s […]
- Sheila Roberts
Outside of the Angelina Jolie action film Salt, all the hits on Australian helmer Phillip Noyce’s resume are book adaptations. That ranges from his breakout hit Dead Calm to Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger, Sliver, The Bone Collector, Rabbit-Proof Fence, and The Quiet American; he is currently adapting Philip Roth’s American Pastoral. Noyce’s latest book transfer is The Weinstein Company’s The Giver, a Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weiden-scripted adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal-winning children’s novel that took 21 years to reach the screen. That glacial development pace allowed high action dystopian tomes like The Hunger Games and Divergent to score with young audiences, books that were written much later and likely were influenced by Lowry. Vets Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard and Katie Holmes are surrounded by young audience pleasing newcomers Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan and Taylor Swift, but »
- Mike Fleming Jr
“The Giver” filmmakers picked their leads very, very carefully. During a sit-down with TheWrap, the film's young stars Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush discussed how much more extensive their auditions for the Phillip Noyce adaptation of Lois Lowry‘s classic Ya dystopian novel were compared to other films. “Usually an audition is 10 or 15 minutes, this one was an hour,” said Rush, who plays Fiona in “The Giver” opposite Thwaites’ Jonas. “This one was an hour. We did it so many times and at the end I was really just emotionally drained. At the end just kind of brushed me »
- Linda Ge
Released in 1993, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner The Giver by Lois Lowry has been one of the most controversial and influential novels of the 1990s. Banned from schools across the nation for being "violent" or "unsuited for younger age groups," this dystopic tale centers around Jonas, a young boy who lives in a literally colorless world of contentment.
In what at first appears to be an utopian society of "Sameness" with absence of pain and suffering, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) seems content with his friends and family. He lives with his parents, the dutiful nurturer Father (Alexander Skarsgard) and his more stern and unyielding Mother (Katie Holmes). His classmates Fiona (Odeya Rush) and Asher (Cameron Monaghan) are frequent companions, and prepare to receive their life assignment »
- Debbie Cerda
Expendables 3 opened yesterday in late nights that began at 7 Pm to gross $875k from last night’s preview shows, from over 2,200 locales. In comparison, Lionsgate noted that the first installment did $870k and Expendables 2 grossed $685k (both of those were Midnight shows only). The previous installment two years ago had an opening weekend of $28.5M and went onto gross about $85M. Fox’s R-rated buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops opened in late nights on Tuesday at 10 Pm to gross $1.2M.
Also, The Giver — the Ya novel adaptation from director Phillip Noyce — opened last night an hour later than Expendables 3 and in more runs — 3,003 to be exact — to end up with 750K. The late night numbers for Expendables 3 are not strong. It rolls out in 3,221 theaters today. Tracking numbers yesterday had the Millennium Entertainment pic marked for the No. 2 opening slot with an expected gross of around $22M to $23M. »
- Anita Busch
The film version of The Giver, based on Lois Lowry's Newberry Medal-winning 1993 novel, moves at the speed of syrup. Make that the speed of syrup from a clogged spout. That's no way to carry a philosophical message to young adults. But what is? The current onslaught of movies excreted from dystopian teen fiction would make any Ya yak. So far, The Hunger Games franchise is working. But catch Divergent, The Host, Ender's Game, and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and see if you don't hear yourself scream: Make. »
Tis Better to Give: Noyce’s Adaptation Too Little Too Late in Ya Dystopic Cinema
In today’s onslaught of dystopic film franchises dominated by adaptations of young adult novels, the announcement that Philip Noyce would be resurrecting Lois Lowry’s Newberry Medal winning 1993 title The Giver seemed to make perfect sense. But in today’s cluttered market of similar scenarios, the powerful allegory that initially made Lowry’s text such a lasting achievement seems cheapened by the glossy, over baked screen version that seems more medicated than the anesthetized minds of its characters.
After some kind of unexplained happening that nearly resulted in the end of civilization, a band of elders of the surviving peoples have managed to erase all memory and start from scratch, creating a rather rigid yet positively inclined utopia. All citizens live in units, are assigned to jobs and families based on talents and needs, »
- Nicholas Bell
"The Giver" is the latest dystopian thriller to follow an attractive teen who must fight against the totalitarian authority of misguided adults. And if that sounds like every other post-apocalyptic young adult film ever, keep in mind that at least "The Giver" came out a decade or two before such recent Ya offerings as "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent." Directed by Phillip Noyce (his first feature since 2010's Angelina Jolie thriller "Salt") and starring an impressive cast (producer Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard, and a nearly unrecognizable Taylor Swift).
Based on Lois Lowry's best seller, "The Giver" focuses on a utopian community where there's no discrimination, war, pain, or hate but also no love, emotion, art, or joy. The goal is "Sameness." On the day when all 16-year-olds receive their permanent job assignment, Jonas (Aussie newcomer Brenton Thwaites) is selected to inherit the role of Receiver of Memory, »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
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